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By Geary Dentistry
February 12, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Soda  

Should I Avoid Soda? What you need to know about soda and your teeth.

You drink a lot of soda, and even though you’ve switched to diet, you wonder what it’s doing to your body and your teeth. You are right to be concerned because soda can harm your teeth and your body in many ways. Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary at Geary SodaDentistry in Brookfield, Wisconsin want you to know just how bad soda really is for you.

Soda can contain as much as 39 grams of sugar, that’s over 9 teaspoons in a 12 ounce can. That’s a lot of sugar, and this sugar combines with the normal bacteria in your mouth and creates a bacterial acid. This acid is so strong it can eat right through your tooth enamel. Underneath your tooth enamel is a layer called dentin. When the acid has eaten through to the dentin, you have a cavity that needs treatment. Diet soda is also very acidic, with a pH of 3.2; to give you an idea, battery acid has a pH of 1 and water has a pH of 7.

Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, Wisconsin, want you to know soda isn’t just bad for your teeth. Its effects can be felt through many of your body systems and organs. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, soda has been known to:

  • Increase your risk of obesity
  • Raise your blood sugar levels
  • Raise your risk of heart attack
  • Raise your risk of diabetes
  • Decrease the density of your bones!

If you are thinking about giving up soda, the best advice is to try to wean yourself off gradually by drinking less soda and mixing soda with water. When you do drink soda, be sure to:

  • Swish with water and spit it out
  • Brush with toothpaste or water
  • Drink with a straw to keep sugar off of your tooth enamel
  • Avoid soda before you go to sleep
  • Drink soda quickly; don't gradually sip it for a long time

We all want to live healthier and better and getting rid of soda in your diet can go a long way toward improving how you feel. The constant flow of sugar is bad for your body and especially bad for your teeth. Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, Wisconsin want you and your teeth to be at their best. Call today and get soda out of your life!